If you’ve filled out an online registration form you’ve probably noticed the latest security idea – challenge questions. These questions are used if you forget your password to make sure you’re you, but they are also a prime way for hackers* to infiltrate your account. It occurred to me that a reasonably skilled genealogist could answer these questions too.
The questions for one of the sites were.
If you hired a genealogist gone bad, they could probably answer all of those questions. Sheesh. We better hope ancestry.com doesn’t turn to the dark side.
* I know, I know, hackers in this sense are really crackers, but if I changed the title to crackers, then people would think of saltines and ritz instead of demonic genealogists. Besides, most of the world uses hackers instead of crackers anyway. It seems to be a losing battle.